Women taking antidepressant drugs, such as Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and Celexa, may want to talk to their doctors about their medications if they’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
There’s a chance that such drugs—called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—might cause withdrawal symptoms in babies born to women who took the drugs during pregnancy.
By November 2003, WHO records showed 93 suspected cases of SSRI-induced withdrawal symptoms in newborns. Of those cases, 64 were associated with Paxil, 14 with Prozac, nine with Zoloft, and seven with Celexa.
Neonatal withdrawal syndrome associated with SSRIs is characterized by convulsions, irritability, abnormal crying, and tremor, say the researchers.
The babies’ reported withdrawal symptoms included nervousness, abnormal crying, agitation, convulsions, tremors, involuntary muscle contractions, and sleep disorders.
“SSRIs, especially [Paxil], should be cautiously managed in the treatment of pregnant women with a psychiatric disorder,” write the researchers.
WebMD Medical News, Feb. 2, 2005
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #05.
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